Growing up on a healthy dose of cartoons in the 70′s, 80′s and 90′s, they hold a special place in my heart and mind. The work of New York artist Mark Mulroney joins that special place by taking remnants of those cartoons and abstracting their exaggerated, 2D flatness and recomposing them. Removing their context and juxtaposing them over other scenes, whether found or drawn, Mark’s work creates a whole new context that is captivating and humorous.
The abstract and sculptural work of Brooklyn based artist, Leif Parsons, has, both simple yet very complicated resolution. Combining multiple mediums, his work is fluid, raw and at first, spontaneous. After closer introspection, deeper levels of thoughts and representation emerge from the material, shape, composition, and referential interpretation. Though we are featuring his art, he has a very large body of very unique and stylized illustration, here.
Like having your view obstructed by grids or lattice, the paintings of Chase Westfall place pieces of imagery and subject matter behind constructed blockades. His balance of positive and negative space shift between paintings, sharing the lead role, creating the the illusion of space and dimension.
Amy Woodside is an artist originally from New Zealand, though now working in New York. Her work is linguistic, visual and minimal. Beautifully rendered letterforms are stacked and layered, playing with both meaning and negative space. Amy is also a poet, writing of contemporary scenarios and daily life. Also the design and structure of her sight makes it a delight to peruse her body of work.
With controlled chaos, English painter Nicholas May, formulates work akin to melding and molten geological forms. These forms contained in their own unique vessels hang within the space of strong fields of color launching them off the surface. Also to mention is the physical size of these paintings, most over 6 feet.
Lately, much of the work that I’ve been really drawn to has been that which has me wondering about technique and process. Case in question is the work of Finnish artist, designer and image-maker, Santtu Mustonen. Colorful and vibrant, his work is dimensional and reminiscent of objects and landscapes but loaded enough with abstraction to build alternative, cryptic environments. Pick up some prints here.
The work of Northern California artist and designer, Danny Jones is that of refined psychedelia, amoebic precision and organic visual chemistry that questions of technique and process arise immediately. The choice of color, distortion and texture incorporated with abstract shapes are subtly hypnotic. Though not paintings or prints Danny Jones compositions could work as either.
German artist Katherina Truzinski has been glimpsed by TIF in quickly passing this “sight” and that “site” but usually without a path to the origin. It was a pleasant surprise to stumble upon here site and view here mixed media sculptures and collage. Her sculptures utilize the space they inhabit to create layered structures that closely cross-over into her collage, and vice versa.